6 Days Marangu Route

6 Days Marangu Route

  • Duration : 6 Days
  • Tour Type: Hiking
  • Group Size : No size Limit


6 Days Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Climb Itinerary. The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route that offers accommodation in huts at every point you spend your night with solar lights and comfortable beds. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts.

  • Price Includes:
    • Private Transportation to
      and from your selected
    • Airport pick up
    • Certified, experienced, English speaking
      mountain guides
    • All Kilimanjaro National Park Fees
    • Government Climbing Taxes
    • Huts Fees
    • Climbing permits
    • All hot Meals prepared by
      our cook while on Mountain
    • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries
    • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters
    • Enough porters to carry
      your luggage
    • Personal Summit Certificate
      signed by the National
      Park and your Guide
  • Price Excludes
    • Personal items and toiletries
    • Accommodation before
      & After trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
      such as sleepings bags,
      hiking boots, clothes,
      etc (available for renting)
    • Tips for guides, porters and cook
    • International airfares and
      departure taxes
    • All items of person nature
      such as telephone call,
      fax, email etc
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    • Visa and International flight
      tickets fees.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: From Hotel to Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut

This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro’s semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today’s trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.

  • Hiking Time:4-5 hours
  • Total Distance:7 km
  • Starting Altitude: 1830m (6,000ft)
  • Final Altitude: 2740m (9,000ft)
  • Environment:Montane (rain) Forest


Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rain-forest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather. Further on, the environment changes to open heath with stunted vegetation before opening out to bleak moorland. Today you will gain approximately 1,000m in altitude, so walk slowly in order to acclimatize properly. It is normally a 6-7 hour hike to reach Horombo Hut.

  • Hiking Time:5-6 hours
  • Total Distance:11 km
  • Starting Altitude: 2700m (9,000ft)
  • Final Altitude:3700m (12,141ft)
  • Environment:Mooreland


Day 3: Acclimization at Horombo

Today you will take a short walk up to Mawenzi base camp and come back to Horombo. This will be an opportunity to acclimatize and understanding the Mountain weather and altitude.


Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut (15,463 ft)

The terrain now becomes progressively more rocky and rugged and giant groundsels and lobelias make their appearance. The trail skirts Mawenzi Peak, before crossing a stark, almost lunar landscape and the tundra desert of ‘the saddle”. The hike to Kibo Hut takes anything from 5 to 7 hours and the views from the saddle is breathtaking. Make this an early night – your attempt on Uhuru Peak starts at midnight.

  • Hiking Time:6-7 hours
  • Total Distance:10 km
  • Starting Altitude: 3700m (12,141ft)
  • Final Altitude: 4695m (15,400ft)
  • Environment:Semi Desert


Day 5: Kibo Hut – Summit (19,340 ft) – Horombo Hut (12,201 ft)

Soon after midnight, you will be awakened by your guides to start the zigzag trek up a long scree slope. After roughly two hours you should reach Hans Meyer’s Cave and from here the gradient gets steeper. Continue your climb for approximately another 3 hours to Gilman’s Point and you will be rewarded by the dramatic sight of the rising sun reflecting off the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi. Walk along the crater rim for another couple of hours to reach your goal – Uhuru Peak, towering at 19,340 ft. After congratulating yourself and your companions on this great achievement, descend to Kibo Hut for rest and refreshment before continuing to Horombo Hut for your last night on the mountain.

  • Hiking Time:11-15 hours
  • Total Distance:18.5 km
  • Starting Altitude:4695m (15,000ft) – Uhuru Peak 5895m(19,340ft)
  • Descend Final Altitude:3700m (12140ft)
  • Environment:Alpine Desert


Day 6: Horombo Hut – Marangu Gate

After a leisurely breakfast, make your final descent across the alpine meadow, past Mandara Hut and on down through the rainforest to Marangu Gate, where your driver and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to your Hotel

  • Hiking Time:6-7 hours
  • Total Distance:18 km
  • Starting Altitude:3700m (12,140ft)
  • Final Altitude:1830 (6000ft)
  • Environment:Rain Forest

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